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Town’s newest park named through contest

The town’s newest park may not be built yet, but it already has a name.
A youth contest held last month yielded 27 potential names for the park being constructed on town property along a walkway between The Meadows and Mill Creek subdivisions. The public park will include a pavilion, trees and playground equipment.
Members of the Jonesborough Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee narrowed down the 27 proposed names to their favorite two options — Golden Oak Park and Cherry Hill Park.
Those names were presented June 11 to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for a final decision on the name.
Alderman Chuck Vest wasted no time in making a motion to name the park Golden Oak Park.
But it took a little convincing for other members to come on board with the choice.
Aldermen Homer G’Fellers and Adam Dickson both voiced their preference for Cherry Hill Park.
“Cherry Hill doesn’t really apply to that area,” Vest argued.
Mayor Kelly Wolfe agreed.
“Where’s the hill?” he questioned. “This park is in a valley.”
It was noted in the committee presentation that the youngster who proposed Cherry Hill Park offered a written explanation for the name, saying he chose it “because my mommy always gets me a Sonic Diet Cherry Limeade before we go to the park.”
The committee thought the sentimental submission deserved to be a finalist.
After some discussion and a lighthearted suggestion by Dickson to consider another of the entries ­— Batman Park — members of the board got on the same page to unanimously approve naming the park Golden Oak Park.
The winning entry was submitted by 10-year-old Cayleigh Shaw, who attends Lamar School. Shaw won a season pass to Wetlands Water Park for her efforts.
The other children participating in the contest were each given a free day pass to the water park.